Some bride and grooms like to keep it old school. And when it comes to registering for your wedding, monograms are as old school as it gets. But recently, there's been a resurgence in these personalized pieces and it's easy to see why: What better way to relish in your new name (or, if you're not changing your name, your new union) than with a pretty new initialed towel, plate, and/or glassware (you get the point). Here's how to get the word out about your lettering of choice!
No matter what type of monogram you'd like to have on your guests give you, you'll need to give them a heads up about it beforehand. Whether you're spreading your registry by word of mouth — or more likely through your wedding website — make sure to list the initials you want engraved on items and which sequence you'd like them to appear in.
If you'd like your linens to be monogrammed, there's a few key things to keep in mind. It's most common to have the initials embroidered on the center of a towel so when it's folded it'll show, while for long rectangular tablecloths the accepted practice is to have your letters marked in the center of each long end, directly between the center of the cloth and the table's edge. Small square cloths, though, require a marking in the corner between the center and the corner so it will also show, but dinner napkins offer up more options, begging for monograms in one corner or centered if you'll fold them as a rectangle. Last but not least for linens, sheets should be monogrammed so that when the top if folded the embroidery shows, and pillow cases are marked just above the hem.
Silver or china, on the other hand, is a different story. It usually consists of a triangle of block letters, with the first name initials of the bride and groom above and their last name's initial below.